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Asbestosis Compensation Claim

Asbestos, Asbestosis or another Asbestos-related disease?
  About Asbestos and Asbestosis
What is asbestosis and how is it caused?
  More information about asbestosis
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Asbestosis
  What should I do if I think I have asbestosis?
Asbestosis Compensation Claim
  Can I claim compensation if I have developed Asbestosis?
Victims of asbestos we have helped with their asbestosis claims
  Asbestosis Compensation Claims we have dealt with

Asbestos, Asbestosis or another Asbestos-related disease?

About Asbestos and Asbestosis

It is a common mistake to think that the only disease caused by exposure to asbestos is asbestosis.  In fact, at Thompsons Solicitors, we frequently receive telephone calls from people looking to make compensation claims who tell us that their doctors have diagnosed them with "asbestos" or "asbestosis".

Asbestos is actually the mineral which was commonly used in the UK from the end of the Second World War in 1945 until 1999 when it was banned.  It was used as lagging for pipes and boilers, as insulation for walls and ceilings and also in brake pads and clutches for motor vehicles to name but a few examples.

Asbestosis is only one of the diseases which is caused by exposure to asbestos.  Other asbestos related diseases / conditions include:

If you have developed asbestosis or any other asbestos related disease you may be able to make a claim for asbestosis compensation.

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What is asbestosis and how is it caused?

More information about asbestosis

Asbestosis is a lung disease which is caused by breathing in asbestos fibres.  The asbestos fibres irritate the lungs and cause scarring and thickening to the tissues, known as fibrosis.  In turn, the fibrosis can cause the lungs to lose some of their elasticity and not function properly.

Unlike some of the other asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma which can be caused by large or small amounts of asbestos, asbestosis normally only affects people who have been exposed to a lot of asbestos over a long period of time.  For example people working as plumbers, laggers or demolition workers where they were exposed to asbestos for a number of years would be at risk of developing asbestosis.

Having asbestosis puts the sufferer at a much greater risk of developing lung cancer as well as respiratory problems.

The vast majority of asbestosis sufferers will have been exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment.  If you have developed asbestosis and were exposed to asbestos at work, you may be able to make an asbestosis claim.

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Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Asbestosis

What should I do if I think I have asbestosis?

The main symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath.  Other symptoms include chest pain, an unexplained cough or a feeling of tightness across the chest area.

If you know that you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, even if it was a long time ago and you develop an unexplained shortness of breath you should visit your GP and mention your concerns.

Your GP will probably listen to your chest with a stethoscope, carry out lung function tests or refer you to have scans or x-rays carried out.  You may also need to have a biopsy carried out to examine some of the tissue from your lungs more closely.

If you are diagnosed as having asbestosis, it cannot be reversed or cured.

If you do have asbestosis and you are a smoker, you should stop smoking immediately as the combined effect of asbestos exposure and smoking is known to greatly increase the risk of lung cancer.

The main treatment for asbestosis is oxygen therapy and you may also be given medication to treat the symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis you may be able to claim asbestosis compensation.

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Asbestosis Compensation Claim

Can I claim compensation if I have developed Asbestosis?

If it can be proven that you were exposed to asbestos due to someone else's fault (what is known in law as negligence) and have gone on to develop asbestosis then you may be able to make a personal injury claim for asbestosis compensation.

Asbestos related diseases take on average 30 years or more to develop after the exposure to asbestos. People who are being diagnosed now with asbestosis have typically had substantial exposure to asbestos at some time between the 1950’s and 1980’s.

If you or someone you know has developed asbestosis or any other asbestos related disease, telephone us now for accurate asbestosis claim advice.

Thompsons Solicitors have also written an information page with advice for people who have recently been exposed to asbestos but have not been diagnosed with a related illness.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury compensation claim, including asbestosis compensation claims.  For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury matters and specialise particularly in helping victims of asbestos make compensation claims. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for asbestosis compensation. Our specialist personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.

Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Victims of asbestos we have helped with their asbestosis claims

Asbestosis Compensation Claims we have dealt with

At Thompsons Solicitors, we have teams of lawyers across our network of offices throughout the UK who deal specifically with claims for asbestos related illnesses.  They are experts in their field and will help you every step of the way with your asbestosis claim.

Below you will find details from some of the asbestos victims we have helped with their asbestosis claims.  To read more, visit our Asbestos Related Illness Claims Letters of Thanks and our Asbestos Disease News pages.

Retired Joiner diagnosed with Asbestosis

Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers recently helped a retired joiner and carpenter claim compensation after he was diagnosed with asbestosis.

He was awarded £18,800 compensation for his illness which has left him feeling breathless a lot of the time and unable to do things he enjoyed doing before.

His compensation was awarded on the understanding that he could make another claim in the future of he goes on to develop a more serious asbestos related condition such as mesothelioma.

Compensation for Lung Cancer and Asbestosis

In this case, the victim of asbestos contacted Thompsons' specialist personal injury lawyers to make a compensation claim after he was diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer.

Unfortunately, two months after initially contacting us, the client died but his widow carried on with his claim for compensation on his behalf.

It was proven that his ex-employers had negligently exposed him to asbestos on a regular basis and his widow was awarded £87,500 compensation.

Widow makes asbestosis claim

Thompsons Solicitors' specialist personal injury lawyers helped a widow recover £85,000 compensation on behalf of her husband who died after contracting an asbestos related disease.

Mrs Selby's husband contracted asbestosis and the fatal condition, mesothelioma as a result of working with asbestos many years before. Mrs Selby contacted Thompsons Solicitors and was very happy with the service she received whilst making her asbestosis compensation claim. Her thank you letter read:

"Thank you for the cheque of £85,000 which I received in settlement of my late husband's claim for asbestosis and mesothelioma. The amount received far exceeded my expectations and gave me the security and peace of mind for the future that my husband would have so wanted me to have. Already, there are several improvements to my property that I will now be able to carry out without worry.

I would like to thank you most sincerely for the work you have done on my behalf to achieve this excellent result. Throughout the claim I have found you and your staff to be extremely understanding and courteous, you have kept me informed every step of the way and have explained matters in a way that I have been able to understand. This has certainly greatly helped me through a difficult time.

I would ask you to please pass on my thanks to all in your office who have been so kind and helpful to me and I wish you all a very happy and successful year ahead."

Compensation for Victim of Asbestosis from Merseyside

In this case, the asbestosis sufferer was put in touch with Thompsons' specialist personal injury solicitors by his trade union.  He had been exposed to asbestos during the 1950's and 1960's whilst working for a number of different firms as a joiner.

After he developed asbestosis he started suffering from severe shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

He was awarded £25,000 asbestosis compensation and after receiving his cheque, he said "It was such a shock when the CT scan revealed that I was suffering from asbestosis. My breathing difficulties have increased and I now get severe shortness of breath. I’ve had to buy a mobility scooter so I can get around outside. Because of the support of my Union and Thompsons, I can enjoy the benefit of the compensation now; this is a big bonus as I have no family to leave the money to".

Asbestosis Claim made against Turner and Newall

In July 2007 we reported that North West families were finally receiving compensation from a defunct asbestos company more than six years after their claims were first lodged.

One asbestos sufferer, who wished to remain anonymous, was one of the first to receive his compensation payment after years of legal red tape and wrangling.

He was put in touch with lawyers Thompsons Solicitors by his trade union, Unite (Amicus section).

The man, aged 85, who suffered from asbestosis was employed as a supervisor by T&N and worked with asbestos every day.

He said: “I am delighted that I have received this payment after all those years waiting. I worked for 30 years for Turner and Newall and I was never told about the dangers – no-one was. Now I find it difficult to breath and cannot walk very far due to my condition.”

All claims against the company, which provided employment for thousands of families in the Northern regions, were frozen in 2001 after T&N and it’s parent company Federal Mogul went into administration.

Since then claimants and their families have been waiting for Administrators to reach agreement with Federal Mogul’s creditors and insurers.

Regional head of asbestos claims at Thompsons Solicitors in Liverpool and Manchester, said: “We have been engaged in one of the longest running and most difficult battles to obtain compensation for people who are suffering or have died from asbestos-related disease. I am glad that for many of them the struggle is now over or nearing an end.  It was a matter of principle for us to stand by the victims and see this through from start to finish.”

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